As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another?
Product Code: 8440
ISBN: 9781644450215
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Published Date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 360
Availability:In stock
Price: $30.00

As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history.

Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Rankine’s questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal and private spaces - the airport, the theater, the dinner party, the voting booth - where neutrality and politeness live on the surface of differing commitments, beliefs, and prejudices as our public and private lives intersect.

This brilliant arrangement of essays, poems, and images includes the voices and rebuttals of others: white men in first class responding to, and with, their white male privilege; a friend’s explanation of her infuriating behavior at a play; and women confronting the political currency of dying their hair blond, all running alongside fact-checked notes and commentary that complements Rankine’s own text, complicating notions of authority and who gets the last word.

Sometimes wry, often vulnerable, and always prescient, Just Us is Rankine’s most intimate work, less interested in being right than in being true, being together.

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What if
Liminal spaces i
Notes on the state of whiteness
Tiki torches
Study on white male privilege
Sound and Fury
Big little lies
Ethical loneliness
Liminal spaces ii
Jose marti
Boys will be boys
Complicit freedoms
Liminal spaces iii

“An incisive, anguished, and very frank call for Americans of all races to cultivate their ‘empathetic imagination’ in order to build a better future.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Rankine seeks to find a space beyond white defensiveness and guilt where meaningful discussions can take place. . . . A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.” - Library Journal, starred review

“Rankine has emerged as one of America’s foremost scholars on racial justice. . . . (To) a past we have avoided reckoning, Rankine will be helping America understand itself, one conversation at a time.” - The Associated Press

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